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  1. Use Nuget to install most of the components

    Visual Studio could be a lightweight shell with only the basic project templates installed. Whenever you then need to add new template such as Windows Phone, Silverlight, Azure, ... you could create an empty project and use NuGet to install all the extra files and UI to get it to work. And as is the case with NuGet, this install is relative to the solution/project that you are using. NuGet all of these artifacts from an official package server, and link it locally to the solution.

    This would be benificial for us 'consultancy' folk to keep VS to a minimal…

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      under review  ·  16 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 621 votes
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        14 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to configure Source Control settings per project

        Currently, The source control settings can be set per windows user.So if I'm working on different projects and each one has it's own Source Control (VSS,TFS,Tortoise...etc), then every time I want to open one of the project, I have to go and change VS source control settings to meet the source control that is being used for the project...

        This is a time consuming and causes a frustration for me.

        Vote please :)

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          15 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make System.Data available to Metro style apps

          Although, it seems clear that some of the decisions with the "Metro" apps are built so that apps will be able to go between devices, I would like to see the System.Data namespace supported in them. An example, you want to connect to a "local" SQL Express database without having to run a middle tier web-site or application that can talk to the database. Why shouldn't a Metro app run on a desktop be able to connect in the same way that a WinForms app can? The framework was supposed to abstract us from hardware and other changes yet as…

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            21 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Organize project XML files to reduce 3-way merge conflicts

            If the project XML file contents were simply ordered, for instance alphabetically like a default file system view, it would drastically reduce the number of merge conflicts that edits cause.

            Currently we see items added at the same spot in the file (so there is SOME order happening) with no relation other than time, causing a merge conflict that's completely avoidable. If an order was applied, it would make most 3-way merges automatic and/or a lot less work.

            604 votes
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              11 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Include Pex and Moles with all Visual Studio editions

              Include Pex and Moles with all editions of Visual Studio including Professional edition rather than being restricted to developers with Premium or Ultimate editions of Visual Studio. This will allow all Visual Studio developers to leverage the capabilities of the Moles mocking library and the additional feedback for Unit Testing available with Pex.

              603 votes
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                16 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support a JavaScript Project type in Visual Studio

                Please provide a new project type in Visual Studio for developing JavaScript components.

                The new project type could have the following features:

                - Contains .js, .css, and .html files.
                - Represents a complete UI component - i.e. a module or widget.
                - Runs JSLint or JSHint on build and reports any errors and violations.
                - The build ouput is minified JavaScript and CSS; there should be options for specifying a minifier.
                - The build output should also output any HTML files (as ASP.Net partial views).
                - The new project type permits adding references to other JavaScript projects.
                - Intellisense is…

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                  under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow Extension Properties

                  I would like to be able to write extension Properties, not only extension methods.

                  594 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 578 votes
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                      21 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow extensions/plugins for VS Express

                      That way I could use ReSharper, etc, with a nice lightweight version of VS.

                      I don't use TFS, nor MSTest, etc.

                      574 votes
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                        19 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Store per-project source formatting settings with project properties

                        I wish it were possible to define per-project editor settings that affect formatting and writing style: tab size, use tabs/spaces, autoindent and so on.

                        Because, different solutions (or even projects in one solution) can have different coding styles or conventions.

                        Having to poke in several tabs of environment settings every time as I switch projects is a major annoyance.

                        Actually the formatting settings are not private user preferences; they are part of a project and should be stored in source sontrol, so that the next person that takes on the code automatically gets the proper settings.

                        566 votes
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                          26 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

                          There is a visible lag between the moment you press a key and the moment this translates into a character on the screen. Things like Go To Definition, and scrolling, can hang for several seconds.

                          It appears to get worse over time as you work in the editor.

                          559 votes
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                            9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Use proper mouse wheel routing

                            In the year 2011, maybe it's finally time to handle WM_MOUSEWHEEL by the window under the cursor, rather than using the backward way of handling them in the window with focus?

                            536 votes
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                              13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

                              VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

                              You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

                              Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

                              Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

                              Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

                              532 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Enable HLSL, DirectX and graphics development toolset for the C# language.

                                Visual Studio only provides hlsl compilation tools for C++ projects, while C# projects which also use hlsl are left without this facility. This is a glaring inconsistency in the tools provided to each language. C# is meant to be a first-class language yet the DirectX tools which are built in to Visual Studio are not equally provided to C#, this is an unnecessary and arbitrary limitation.

                                Developing DirectX applications with C# is becoming easier and there are now more tools than ever to work with this combination of technologies, including SlimDX and SharpDX, both fully capable managed DirectX frameworks (wrappers).…

                                517 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    We added support for Cross Browser testing with VS 2012 Update 1. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/10/30/introducing-cross-browser-testing-with-coded-ui-tests.aspx

                                    For MTM scenarios, you would need to import action recordings from MTM into a Coded UI Test and change browser type to the desired one.

                                    I would like to know if this satisfies the needs of folks on this thread and I can close this to release votes or if people are specifically looking for the ability to specify browser type from within MTM.

                                    Prachi Bora, Visual Studio Program Manager, MSFT

                                  • TFS to merge multiple, non-continuous changesets.

                                    It would be very useful if TFS has the ability to merge multiple, non-continuous changesets in a single operation.
                                    This would eliminate the need to create too many branches for each development project.

                                    515 votes
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                                      7 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

                                      As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

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                                        10 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Work item control that allows a selection of multiple values

                                        Having a multi-select control that work in VS, Web access, that is easy to query and populates the reporting cube would helpfull in many scenarios.

                                        The current work around (ex: http://witcustomcontrols.codeplex.com/) is far from empassing all the above requirements

                                        512 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide Better DirectX support in WPF

                                          These DirectX support classes are new in WinRT / Metro. Please provide them in WPF.

                                          SurfaceImageSource enables full composition of DirectX content into a XAML app. This allows drawing DirectX content into the XAML visual tree, useful for complex image effects, data visualization, and other immediate-mode drawing scenarios.

                                          VirtualSurfaceImageSource is used for large-scale virtualized content. This is targeted toward apps that require panning and zooming of large content, like maps and document viewers.

                                          SwapChainBackgroundPanel targets full-screen, DirectX-focused scenarios. This is great for games and other low-latency, full-screen DirectX apps with a XAML overlay.

                                          507 votes
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